Brexit Border Deal - what's in it and what's not

Brexit Border Deal – what’s in it and what’s not

“The United Kingdom … recalls its commitment to the avoidance of a hard border, including any physical infrastructure or related checks and controls … In the absence of agreed solutions, the United Kingdom will maintain full alignment with those rules of the…

The Brexit Border Deal – key paragraphs

JOINT REPORT FROM THE NEGOTIATORS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENT ON PROGRESS DURING PHASE 1 OF NEGOTIATIONS UNDER ARTICLE 50 TEU ON THE UNITED KINGDOM’S ORDERLY WITHDRAWAL FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION (Our highlighting of key phrases…

As it stands a border cannot be avoided.

As it stands a border cannot be avoided.

In the Brexit debate it is not just what it is being said but also who says it that is important. So if, just days ahead of the decision to move to the next phase of talks, the Irish or…

Don't follow the money, watch the border

Don’t follow the money, watch the border

The deal the British government is now prepared to do on its EU divorce bill could go as high as €45 billion (Financial Times), €50 billion (BBC) or €65 billion (Guardian). The confusion arises because the reports emerging from both…

Get ready for the Big Bang on April Fool's Day 2019

Get ready for the Big Bang on April Fool’s Day 2019

  It is very difficult to ignore all the political noise and spin, but that is exactly what we need to do right now. We don’t know what the outcome of the Brexit talks will be, but decision-makers seldom have…

A showdown of historic proportions

A showdown of historic proportions

For a background on Ireland’s recent upping of the ante on Brexit then Tony Connelly’s comment piece on RTE is a must read. In it he outlines how and why Ireland upped the ante – a combination of emerging consensus…

Digging for Victory or digging a hole?

Digging for Victory or digging a hole?

The Brexiteers counterbalance to exiting Europe is the prospect of greater global trade but the Centre for European Reform in this report Dig for Victory on the Wonk.Eu, or here on CER’s own site, says” that a trade deal with the…

Government issues its Brexit 'still to do' list

Government issues its Brexit ‘still to do’ list

Nobody can say the Irish government is not busy on Brexit. The list below outlines the actions being coordinated by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) through its various implementation agencies ranging from the IDA and Enterprise Ireland…

"Bordering on Brexit - voice of border communities.

“Bordering on Brexit – voice of border communities.

The Irish Central Area Border Network (ICBAN)  has just published a study , conducted by Queens University’s Katy Hayward, on the views of Border Communities on Brexit.  The region it says is at risk of being the most deeply affected adding…